PRETTY UGLY STUFF

I love architecture, but I don't think that's anything special. Lots of people I know are into it but they rhyme off building terms and materials and 20 different types of cement and 80 different brick shapes. 
Sometimes, I might drop some technical knowledge, but most of the time I just love how it looks, or the backstory it has. 
For now I live in London, and getting down with some ridiculous looking council flats that I guess are so ugly they're beautiful again. Is that a thing? I hope so.

Barbican Estate

Built between 1965 and '76 when Brutalist architecture was all the rage, it was designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and constructed to serve as council residences after the World War II bombings. These guys thought of everything and ingeniously incorporated multi-use complex including the Barbican Arts Centre, the Barbican Library (which I haven't found yet) a conservatory and some amazing outdoor spaces. Today it's the home to some of London's biggest ballers, and has a cafe that serves some decent sandwiches. 

A project on the Barbican I'm jealous of. Worth checking out.

Alexandra Road Estate

Also knows as Alexandra Road Estate, or Rowley Way (can someone just tell me which?) was designed in 1968 and completed a decade later, just a year before the first Star Wars film if you care about that kind of trivia. The brainchild of Neave Brown, it has 520 apartments, a school, community centre, and a communal green space.
The downside to the complex is that it runs parallel with a train track, however they carefully considered this came up with these impressive solutions.
1) The apartment blocks adjacent to the railway are designed like a ziggurat. The word is new to me too, but it means they're shaped in such a way that they block outside noise to the rest of the complex.
2) The foundation is on top of rubber pads that minimise vibrations. I wish my upstairs neighbour got those before buying six dogs.